How good are the internal speakers on Apple laptops?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by seattle, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. seattle macrumors 6502

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    How are the internal speakers on the Macbooks?
     
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    MacBooks, MacBook Pro and MacBook Pro 17" are all different. I'm not sure about the specifics on the MacBook, but the MBP (15") has 3 speakers and the 17" has 4. There's a noticeable difference between the 3 and 4 speaker MBP's. I've found my 17" MBP to be more than acceptable, for built-ins.
     
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    I have a MacBook late 2006, and the speakers are kind of poor in comparison to other apple products, my suggestion to you before you buy anything if this is a critical decision, is that you go into an apple store and test them.
    However if you are OK to use a nice pair of headphones you'll be fine.
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  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    they are decent. granted not awesome but i can watch movies and stuff froom across the room just fine with them
     
  5. one1 macrumors 65816

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    "media laptops" such as the sony Vaio (most models, not all) and some Dell laptops considered media laptops are worlds away from the Mac in terms of sound. The MacBook is low volume and not amazing quality, but works ok. The MacBook Pro is a step up and is not too bad at all, still not on par with the true "media laptops".

    Mainly the issue is with overall volume.
     
  6. Baba Ganoush macrumors member

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    IMO, my MBP speakers are very good. The best I've had in a laptop I've owned.
     
  7. Victor ch macrumors 6502a

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    MacBooks have 3 speakers: 1 right 1 left for highs and mids and 1 mini subwoofer. It sounds good, but not loud enough, MacBook Pro 15" apparently have 2 speakers bigger than the subwoofer in the MacBook and reproduce all the frequencies, sounds better than the MacBook and noticeably louder too. The 17" MacBook Pro has 4 very similar to the ones in the 15" perhaps a bit bigger, and is very very loud and sounds very good (for computer speakers) I've heard all of them and just to let you know how loud the 17" is my english teacher shushed me when I was blasting some Matisyahu with my friends 17" outside her class, she had the doors closes and I was around the outside corner of the class facing a wall, so yeah they are very loud and sound very nice.

    If you want to see them for yourself check www.ifixit.com/guide and choose the computers.

    -Victor
     
  8. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

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    The 17" have 4 speakers and sound very nice.

    The MBA has one speaker and isn't too bad but ill be using headphones anyway.
     
  9. Victor ch macrumors 6502a

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    Isn't the one in the MBA mono?? I mean even the iPhone has a stereo speaker.

    Edit: According to Apple's technical data on the MBA: "Built-in mono speaker"

    -Victor
     
  10. seattle thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Have you heard the MPA speaker yet?
     
  11. seattle thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Great! Thats what I wanted to hear since I will be using my Singbox and not want to carry external speakers.
     
  12. dante@sisna.com macrumors 6502a

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    The speakers on the MBP 17 are fantastic.

    Very loud and deep.
     
  13. Beowulf666 macrumors regular

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    I find the speakers on my macbook to be pretty decent. Nothing of great quality, but then again I don't think any laptop really has great speakers.
     
  14. mckyvlle macrumors 6502a

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    My Santa Rosa MacBook's speakers sounds acceptable, though they don't get very loud. I use headphones when I do stuff that needs better sounds quality, like games, movies etc.
     
  15. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    The iPhone does not have a stereo speaker. It is mono. The other side is a Mic.

    I just hope the speaker in the Macbook Air is not the same one as the iPhone, because the iPhone speaker the worst part of the phone.
     
  16. Mord macrumors G4

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    My macbook's are not too bad just way too quiet.
     
  17. lauriechelt macrumors member

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    I agree, they're usable but its definitely worth investing in a pair of external speakers (I've got jbl duets and love them...cheap and small but good sound quality)
     
  18. lamadude macrumors 6502

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    They have a decent audio quality at low volumes, but they're not loud enough.
    My old 400 euro Packard Bell laptop (horror, I know) blows my macbook away with way better and louder sound.
     
  19. riscy macrumors 6502a

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    Compared to some of the sounds coming out of the tinny PCs I have used, I am very impressed with the quality of my MB speakers - fine for watching movies, even at a distance.

    TBH, if I wanted great sound then I would buy Bose speakers - but these are just internal speakers, and certainly not the worst I have ever heard.
     
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    Really I could have sworn it was stereo. But yeah the one in the MBA is mono and from what I've read it sucks big time. I know the other side is the mic, can 1 speaker alone be stereo?

    -Victor
     
  22. SheriffParker macrumors 6502a

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    What is the difference if there is only one speaker?

    Isn't the whole point of stereo audio that there are 2 channels, one left and one right, and you have 2 speakers, one to play each channel. A single speaker that outputs both L and R channels is still a mono speaker....
     
  23. Victor ch macrumors 6502a

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    Oooh, thanks for mentioning that, Im aware know.

    -Victor
     
  24. hakuryuu macrumors 6502

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    I have to say i've been pleasantly surprised by my MBP's speakers. Compared to my last laptop and my wife's laptop it is far better than I was expecting.
     
  25. masse macrumors 6502a

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    they are about as bad as other laptop speakers..
     

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